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Cloud Forest Beauty

Cloud Forest Beauty
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 15:19
Viewed: 5722
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Image of this magnificent plant was taken in the upper reaches of the Bolivian Andean cloud forest.
The Andean Cloud forest runs along the eastern slopes of the Andes all the way from Colombia to Bolivia.

Since I do not know the ID of the plant (please let me know if you know!) I will put some info about the cloud forest itself.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A cloud forest is a generally tropical or subtropical evergreen montane forest characterized by a high incidence of low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level.

Typically, there is a relatively small band of altitude in which the atmospheric environment is suitable for cloud forest development. This is characterized by persistent mist or clouds at the vegetation level, resulting in the reduction of direct sunlight and thus of evapotranspiration. Trees in these regions are generally shorter and more heavily stemmed than in lower altitude forests in the same regions, and the moisture promotes the development of an abundance of vascular epiphytes. This results in abundant moss and fern covering, and frequently flowers such as orchids may be found. Soils are rich but boggy, with a preponderance of peats and humus. Within cloud forests, much of the precipitation is in the form of fog drip, where fog condenses on tree leaves and then drips onto the ground below.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-10-05 15:48]

Hola Shir:
Magnìfica toma, hermosos colores muy brillantes. Me gusto el fondo boroso y la nitidez de la imàgen en primer plano.

Hello Shir, it certainly looks a magnificent plant and in such surroundings would catch ones attention. I would have used f3.5-4 to isolate the background more from the subject. Well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-08 2:53]

Hola Shir,
Bella imagen, tanto por las bayas como por la ladera de la montaña, que se adivina imponente. Muy buen uso de la profundidad de campo, con gran nitidez en la planta y una suficiente y sugerente resolución en la montaña, dejando lugar a la imaginación para recrear la experiencia de sentirla.
Un abrazo,
José M.

Hello Shir,
this image is a fascinating open window on my desk into a remote and exotic Andean cloud forest. The plant is presented in an excellent descriptive way inbedded in its clearly visible distant environment.
For me, to see not only the plant but also the environment is essential here. Isolating the plant from the BG by an open diaphragm as it is often recommended when taking flowers - this would clearly have been a disadvantage here. Very well chosen depth of field, indeed.
Very good contribution. Sorry no idea if the ID.
With thanks, and best regards,

very nice, sorry for not being able to identify it. Ori

hi shir
un petit peu de brume,une jolie pour ces petites baies et un BG montagneux.
c'est tres reussi et agreable.

Thanks very much for you suggested id on my fungus. I think you might be right.
In this shot, you not only have a beautiful and interesting subject, but a breathtaking BG with incredible depth.
The light was not easy but managed very weel to get a plesant photo.
Weel done and thanks again!

Hello Shir,

I suggest it's some species of Rubiaceae, maybe of the genus Palicourea or Isertia. Hope this might help.

Best regards,

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